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Lionsgate and CBS Films have given an awards-season release date of Dec. 21 to Mark Wahlberg’s Boston Marathon bombing drama “Patriots Day.”

“Patriots Day” will open in limited release, then expand nationwide on Jan. 13.

The movie will be directed by Peter Berg (“Lone Survivor”) and written by Matt Charman (“Bridge of Spies”) based on former Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis’ account. Wahlberg, Scott Stuber, Hutch Parker, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson and Michael Radutzky are producing the pic, which begins shooting this month in Boston.

J.K. Simmons recently joined the cast as Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese of the Watertown Police Department. Four days after the 2013 bombing, the off-duty officer jumped fences and went through backyards to flank bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Wahlberg, a Boston native, will portray a Boston Police Department officer who was central to the investigation and manhunt.

“Patriots Day” will be co-financed by CBS Films and Lionsgate. CBS Films is handling production and marketing, while Lionsgate is handling distribution.

Radutzky is a “60 Minutes” senior producer who leads the broadcast’s creative development unit, 60 Minutes Productions. CBS Films has secured Davis’ life rights, and the movie will utilize other details surrounding the events of the April 15, 2013, attack based on the “60 Minutes” story in which Davis appeared.